CASP conversation

The Community Asylum Seekers Project’s mission is to provide basic needs and a supportive community for those in the process of seeking asylum in the U.S.

CASP finds local host homes for individuals and families seeking asylum; supports them with food, shelter, and other daily needs as they resettle in our community; assists them in navigating the asylum claim process; and helps them achieve eventual independence as they proceed through the asylum process.

CASP is a 501(c)3 non-profit established in Vermont in 2016.

More info at

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Andrew Collins interview

A solid conversation with Andrew Collins, and a couple songs from the current Andrew Collins Trio chambergrass album, And It Was Good. The Andrew Collins Trio will be playing Stone Church Arts in Bellows Falls VT on March 10. More info and tickets at

The Stringfield Springers

The Stringfield Springers brought their terrific old-time good-fun high-spirited front-porch string-band music to Stage 33, just outside the WOOL studio, in conjunction with WOOL’s annual silent auction, the Thanksgiving Greater Falls Farmer’s Market, and the greater BF3F third-Friday party in Bellows Falls on November 17, 2017. Plus they brought in a guy from Arkansas with his genwine Straddlevarious as a ringer. A couple sawing fiddles, a pair of percolating banjoleles, a thoroughly western guitar, and a cello on the bottom, with half-shouted vocals by your country uncle and cousin, all stuffed onto that little stage. What’s not to love?!

Draa Hobbs and John Stowell

Draa Hobbs and John Stowell stopped by Stage 33, just outside the WOOL-FM studio, for a sit-down and a couple songs. They’ll be bringing tasty jazz guitar to Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, Vermont, on December 2, 2017. More info at

“Draa Hobbs plays in the tradition of classic jazz guitar, but he has found his own voice. He’s a player in the moment, creating melodies and avoiding cliches. He has a warm dark sound and swings with the best of them.”

“John is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as much by pianists and horn players as he is by guitarists. His original take on harmony, chords and improvisation sets him apart.”

Jailhouse Rock

And here it is:

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Advance warning for the September 6 Monsters & Hamsters show. Put it on your calendar. We’re gonna watch Jailhouse Rock on the radio: Steve Chelmsford (host of the syndicated program The Mop Tops & The King), his lovely bride Nancy, and me. And you.

Scare up a copy, queue it up, pop some corn, turn your video sound down and your radio sound up, hit play when we do, and we’ll make our own commentary track. We won’t be able to hear you (our loss), but you’ll hear us (hopefully not your loss).

Until a couple days ago, the whole movie was on YouTube – but a copyright claim was made and it’s gone now. They musta got wind of our plan. Because that’s just how much power we wield.

It’ll be entertaining even if you don’t have the video running. Honest.

Monsters & Hamsters on WOOL-FM 91.5 around here or streaming from over there at 7:00 PM on Wednesdays, all times Eastern zone.

(Mop Tops & The King? … Airing on Black Sheep Radio on Thursday afternoons at 3:00, and again in the wee early hours on Sundays at 5:00.)

Willa Mamet + Paul Miller

Two voices, one guitar, rare depth. Willa Mamet and Paul Miller stopped by the station this weekend on their way from Boston to points north, and we recorded a sit-down and a live preview of their upcoming performance with Cheryl Wheeler at Next Stage Arts in Putney on September 9. Be forewarned that it’s likely to sell out.

Tune in during the first hour this week for this treat. Seriously. Treat.

Find more info about the upcoming concert at and more info about Willa and Paul at

Monsters and Hamsters, Wednesdays on WOOL 91.5 around here and streaming everywhere else from starting at 7:00 PM Eastern.

Vermont Headstones

Gonna kick off the first hour this week with a field recording by Stewart Read taken at the historic Rockingham (Vermont) Meeting House of a performance of the evocative contemporary classical Vermont Headstones song cycle composed by Stanley Charkey and performed by Donald Wilkinson on voice, Mary Cicconetti on oboe, and Anya Schemetyeva on viola.

Starts at 7:00 PM Eastern on WOOL-FM 91.5 in these parts, and streaming live from in the other parts.

Sam Creigh In the House

Sam’s gonna be back in the studio with us this week at 7:00! It’s been almost a year since the last time, so it’s probably safe again by now. He’s promised to bring his guitar, and he let it spill that he’s written a jingle for WOOL so we’ll be sure to strangle that out of him.

As (almost) always, it’s an open studio so feel free to drop in. If you’re a musician, bring your music thing and back him up; if you’re an aficionado, bring your aficio and clap along.

WOOL-FM 91.5 around here, streaming from over there, studio’s at 33 Bridge St in Bellows Falls, phone number’s 802-460-9665 ext 100, showtime’s 7:00 PM on Wednesday.

David Olney Interview, plus the fabled Hungrytown In-Studio

Every now and then I manage to scrape a show together that’s a really good monster. This week’s will be one of those. Seriously, catch it if you can. A conversation with David Olney will kick it off – that’s right, the big-deal Nashville songer who’s written with and been covered by Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Del McCoury, and the list goes on.

And then in the second hour, I’m trotting out that super-fun in-studio with Hungrytown from just over a year ago. It’s time to soak in that wide-ranging good time again.

Here’s the thing: David Olney, with bassist Daniel Seymour, plus Hungrytown are performing in Wardsboro VT on July 22. And, amazingly, it’s a paltry $10 ticket. Yow. I think that has a lot to do with Wardsboro Curtain Call, the fine people mounting this show, being an all-volunteer effort. Much like your favorite community radio station, WOOL-FM. Find details about the show at